COSTA MESA — A woman asked the boys from Mariners Elementary's team to line up for a photo before they stepped on the soccer field. Sunday was going to mark the last time the sixth-graders played together at the Daily Pilot Cup.
One player did not want to be a part of the photo.
"We'll get a picture when we win," he told the woman with the camera.
That is how confident Mariners went into the fifth- and sixth-grade gold division title match against Whittier. Keep in mind, Mariners had never won the gold division at the tournament, boys or girls.
Two players on the Mariners' roster had won twice before, but when they were third- and fourth-graders at another school. The players are twins Travis and Dylan Campos.
The duo helped Mariners taste first at the Daily Pilot Cup for the first time.
Travis recorded three goals and his brother assisted on one late to secure Mariners' 4-2 victory at the Costa Mesa Farm Complex. Out of the three Pilot Cup crowns won by the Campos brothers, they said this one was more special.